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article imageAutopsy results from Caylee Anthony opened to public

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By KJ Mullins
Jun 20, 2009 in Crime
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The results of Caylee Marie Anthony was released to the public on Friday by the medical examiner. At the time of her death the toddler was not under the influence of any drugs.
The official autopsy for the young girl consists of dozens of documented pages. That report will play a vital role in the murder trial of Caylee's mother Casey Anthony.
The autopsy report stated that the almost complete skeleton of Caylee was found with multiple small bones missing. The missing bones were from her wrists, hands, fingers, ankle, hyoid and patella.
There were several pieces of duct tape on Caylee's skull.
The Orlando Sentinel
reports:
"Although there is no trauma evident on the skeleton, there is duct tape over the lower facial region still attached to head hair," the report said. "This duct tape was clearly placed prior to decomposition keeping the mandible in place."
It was noted that the skeletal remains were intermixed with two plastic trash bags and a canvas laungry bag. Remarkably those bags had no smell of decompostion but a woodsy, outdoor odor.
The child's vertebrae was found in an area away from her skull.
There were multiple roots extending through portions of the garbage bag and the remains. One of the roots extended through the bag.
"The roots growing into the vertebrae and bags indicate that the body was placed there months prior to being found. There is nothing inconsistent with the body being placed there soon after the day of being last seen alive."
The Winnie the Pooh blanket that was found with Caylee also had roots growing through it.
A pizza and a squirrel were also tested for decomposition that could prove to be key in the court case.
Relatives of Anthony have said that a pundent odor coming from the woman's Pontiac Sunfire could have been a result of an old pizza or a squirrel. In July police found a pizza box. Text messages between Anthony and a friend from July also had mentioned a dead animal being plastered to the frame of her car.
Scientists got an adult squirrel that had been a victim of a hit and run to use for the decomposition study. They allowed the animal to decompose outdoors for 10 days in a trashcan with fly access. They researchers found the maggot activity and odor were less than what they had expected.
Study of a piece of mushroom and pepperoni pizza concluded that there was no maggots on the pizza when left to decompose for several days in its original box.
The results of the analysis showed very little similarity to the Florida carpet sample scientists noted. There was no sulfur compounds not chloroform detected.
"Nearly all the compounds present in early human decomposition were detected in the trunk samples if their concentrations were high enough to detect," the report said.
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